Human Rights Watch: World Report 2015
Human Rights Watch published its 25th Annual Report on 29 January covering more than 90 countries. The 644-page report identified a systemic global threat to human rights cause by a tendency of governments to downgrade human rights protection when faced with serious security challenges. “Human rights violations played a major role in spawning or aggravating many of today’s crises,” HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth said. “Protecting human rights and ensuring democratic accountability are key to resolving them.” http://bit.ly/1CCBEQl
Serbian Army Chief Accused Over Kosovo Killings
Balkan Insight reported on 29 January that the Humanitarian Law Centre NGO in Belgrade has alleged in a new report published on Thursday that current Serbian Army chief Ljubisa Dikovic was the commander of the 37th Brigade of the Yugoslav Army responsible for attacks on four villages in the Drenica area between 5 April and 27 May 1999, when…
Mexico: Missing students are dead, but many questions remain
The Christian Science Monitor reports today on the reaction of families of the missing to Tuesday’s announcement by the Mexican authorities that all 43 students who disappeared in the southern town of Iguala in September are dead. It notes that the government statement came just one day before the one-year anniversary of the launch of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s anti-kidnapping strategy. The citizen group Stop Kidnapping, part of a government oversight panel on kidnapping, announced on Tuesday that Mexico saw a 30 percent increase in kidnapping cases between 2013 (2,166 cases) and 2014 (2,818 cases). Government figures put the number of kidnappings in Mexico in 2013 at 1,698, and in 2014 at 1,394 – a decrease of about 18 percent. http://bit.ly/1JLGhtP
Mexican President tells nation to ‘move on’ from 43 students
On 28 January Telesurtv.net reported Mexican President Peña Nieto’s statement on…
Adam Boys, Director of Operations at the International Commission on Missing Persons until October this year, has been named in the United Kingdom’s New Year’s Honors List as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The award recognizes more than 20 years of work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, initially delivering humanitarian aid and subsequently promoting post-war recovery and reconciliation.
“The OBE is a great honor, and I believe it particularly reflects a growing recognition of the importance of the work that ICMP is doing throughout the world to tackle the problem of missing persons in a systematic and effective way,” Boys said.
Boys, who was seriously injured in a car crash while helping to deliver aid in Herzegovina in 1994, served as Chief Financial Officer for the UK’s mission to the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia in 1995 and 1996. From 1996 to 2000…